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At Home with Francis...

I have been privileged to work many long years at Franciscan Media. Few of us get the chance to do work we love while providing for our families—fewer still have life-altering, world-changing work.

Of course, as with any workplace, there are inconveniences. A jammed copier, too many meetings, an abundance of work and a shortage of time: Most office workers can relate. But on that rare occasion when I wonder if I’m really in the right place, I have a few sure-fire tricks to help me orient myself again:

1. I talk to a friar. It doesn’t take long to find one roaming the hallways, often on his way out to feed the hungry or back from saying Mass. These men are an inspiration.

2. I spend a few minutes with coworkers. These folks share the daily frustrations, but also the larger sense of mission and purpose. They remind me that jammed copiers are everywhere, but Jesus isn’t invited into too many boardrooms.

3. I visit the church. Our offices are located next to the friary and its beautiful church. Each morning when I come to work there are a few people still sleeping in one of the doorways. Each day I walk around the corner at lunchtime, there are a few others gathered there for shade and companionship. If these, the least of our brothers, can find a home at Franciscan Media, I think maybe I can, too.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."